Dakota County Technical College
Dakota County Technical College offers programs, services and resources that streamline, support and enhance the academic experience for students. Enjoy small class sizes, opportunities for one-on-one work with your instructors, and an environment that lets you get to know your fellow classmates. Take part in hands-on labs and real-world experiences that prepare you to take on a career in your area of study.
- View videos of campus life, programs and services to get a better sense of Dakota County Technical College’s campus and students at dctc.edu/videos.
- Socialize with current students, faculty, staff and alumni at facebook.com/dakotatech or twitter.com/dctc.
- Visit campus any Tuesday from 12:45 to 2:30 p.m. to see why Dakota County Technical College has a reputation for being one of the friendliest campuses around.
- Explore more than 300 classes offered online or in a hybrid format that combines online and classroom learning.
- Work with instructors to learn more about options such as credit for life experience, short-term classes and programs, an individualized studies degree or other flexible scheduling options.
- Enjoy small class sizes, opportunities for one-on-one advising and assistance from instructors, and a student environment that welcomes students from any age or background.
- Take part in hands-on labs and real-world experiences that prepare you to take on a career in your area of study.
- Learn using industry-standard equipment and up-to-date curricula developed through strong relationships with business and industry.
- Check out non-credit and customized training offerings.
Get involved in the community through service learning activities built in to program curriculum, or take part in student life activities.
Student enrollment and demographics
- Total number of students served: 5,664
- Full-time students: 44.8%
- Part-time students: 55.2%
- Percent female: 36.5%
- Percent male: 61%
- Percent students of color: 15.4%
Business management, practical nursing, graphic design, accounting, information systems management, automotive technology, biomedical equipment technology
Interior design, entrepreneurship, nanoscience technology, wood finishing technology, railroad conductor technology, civil engineering technology, energy technical specialist, heavy construction equipment technology, General Motors ASEP (Automotive Service Educational Program), landscape horticulture, multicultural management
DCTC offers an annual permit for on-campus parking. The permit is good July through June of each academic year. Visitors and prospective students may use a free visitor's lot at the front of campus.
To view DCTC's complete admissions checklist, click here.
Tuesday Campus Visit
Prospective students and visitors are welcome to visit DCTC any Tuesday at 12:30 p.m. during our weekly campus visit. Admissions staff and faculty are on hand each week to answer questions, provide tours and assist you with the admissions process. For more information, click here.
General Admissions Information
Dakota County Technical College has an open admissions policy. This means:
- You can enroll if you have a high school diploma or a GED. Even without those, you may be admitted if you demonstrate potential for success in college.
- You don’t have to take a standardized test to be admitted, and your high school grades and class rank are not considered.
- After you are admitted, you will take a placement test. That will tell you if you need to take remedial or developmental courses, which will not count toward a degree, before you can take college-level courses. Many students need just one developmental course, often in math or English. If you have taken these subjects every year in high school, you are more likely to do well on the placement test.
You can complete your studies in less time and for less total cost if you come well prepared for college-level work, especially by taking math, English, science and social studies classes every year in high school. Also, some programs of study require more math and science, so your high school preparation makes a difference.
Apply early in 12th grade. That increases your chances of being admitted to the specific program you want when you enter college. Some programs are more popular than others and fill early.
Real Education. Real Results.
Dakota County Technical College prides itself on its ability to bring the real world into our learning environment. We respond to the needs of business and industry by developing programs, training and curriculum that meet workforce demands. Student learning simulates the work environments found in business and industry to help our students achieve career success. And, our instructors not only have what it takes to be great teachers, but most have years of industry experience that allows them to impart valuable knowledge to students. Also, our students will tell you that the one-on-one relationships formed with instructors, thanks to our small class sizes and friendly learning environment, is one of the best things about DCTC.
Whether you're looking to start a whole new career or advance in your current one, DCTC is here to help you achieve the results you want.
- Associate in Applied Science
- Associate in Science
Tuition & finance
Tuition and Fees (2012-2013): $5,693
FAFSA Code: 010402
How to apply for financial aid
Your key to receiving financial aid to help pay your college costs is filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA form. Many students don’t realize they could qualify for grant money and federally guaranteed loans, so be sure to find out by filling out the form.
Complete the FAFSA after Jan. 1 of your senior year. Find the form online at www.fafsa.ed.gov or pick up the form at your school counselor’s office. For help with completing the form, go to your high school counselor or the financial aid office at the college or university you plan to attend.
The FAFSA determines your eligibility for one or more of the following types of financial aid:
Scholarships are a great source of aid, and you do not need to pay them back. Many scholarships are available for students with special interests and backgrounds. Talk to your guidance counselor about what kind of scholarships you can get.
You may be eligible to receive federal and state grants of $300 to more than $7,000 per year. You do not need to pay these back.
Work study programs give you the opportunity to work on campus or with approved off-campus employers to earn money to pay for college. Work study jobs are often very flexible, allowing you to work around your classes and personal schedules.
You also may be eligible for student loans, which must be paid back. Student loans usually have a lower interest rate than other kinds of loans.
Other ways to save
Reduced out-of-state tuition
Students from other states don’t always have to pay higher tuition if they want to attend the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities. If you live in Wisconsin, North Dakota, South Dakota or Manitoba, Canada, you’re eligible for tuition rates similar to those paid by Minnesota residents. And 26 of the state colleges and universities allow students from other states to pay the lower in-state rates, so ask a college or university about its tuition charges.
Some college students also benefit from two federal tax credit programs, the American Opportunity Tax Credit and the Lifetime Learning tax credit. These may apply to you or your family, depending on your financial circumstances.
Veterans are welcomed at the state colleges and universities. If you’ve served in the armed forces, you might be eligible for help with paying for college. Stop by one of the on-campus veterans centers for information, support and assistance. Also, check with the campus financial aid office about benefits from the new Minnesota GI Bill. Or go to www.mymilitaryeducation.org.
Student Life can enhance the DCTC experience by providing avenues to build your resume, expand your network, and make a difference. Student Life is funded through the Student Senate and activity fee and encompasses student clubs and organizations, athletics, and other campus activities. All students are encouraged to participate in Student Life activities!
All students currently enrolled at DCTC are eligible to participate in DCTC sponsored clubs, organizations & activities. Exceptions include Phi Theta Kappa, commonly known as PTK, and varsity athletics.
To learn more about Student Life at DCTC, visit the Student Life blog.
- Visual Communications Club
- Writers Club
- American Marketing Assoc
- Business Professionals of America
- Hospitality Alumni Network
- Meeting Professionals Intl
- Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Assoc
- Skills USA
- Lions Club
- Student Ambassador
- Multicultural Student Leadership Assoc
- Gay Straight Alliance
- Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society
- Veterans Club
- Coral Reef Ecology Club
- Christians on Campus
- US Green Building Council
- Automobile Club
- Chess Club
- Design Connection
- Student Senate
- Music Club
- Fast Pitch Softball